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Dutch Team completes first trip to Texel - November 18-21, 2013

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Dutch Team enjoys stay at Texel

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The Netherlands Softball Team on Thursday, November 21, completed its first 4-day trip to the island of Texel.

There, the team conducted clinics for local schools and attended a meeting with the local press. But the team also was together for four days with their coaching staff.

In December, January and February, the national squad again travels to Texel as part of their preparations for next years World Championship in Haarlem. During its trips to Texel, the team stays in De Krim Vakantiepark.

On Tuesday-morning, the players of the Dutch Team went to local schools, where they conducted clinics, introducing the children to the tools of softball. After conclusion of the clinics, the best players received a 'Texel's Got Talent'-diploma and a National Team-cap.

In the afternoon, during the meeting with the local press, Mrs. Hennie Huisman, the Alderman of Sports for the Municipality of Texel, was one of the persons to address the attendees.

Team Manager Paul Boonstra, who attended Tuesday's clinics and meeting, made some photos of the activities.

De Telegraaf, the biggest national newspaper in the country covered the trip with three stories in its newspaper on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
NOS Langs de Lijn made a radio-report (beneath), which was broadcast on Thurday-evening, November 21 via Radio 1.

Where is the team this week?
These four days, the Dutch National Softball Team stays at the island of Texel.

Texel is a municipality and the largest and most populated of the Frisian Islands in the Wadden Sea. It belongs to the province of North Holland. The island has seven villages and several small townships. Texel probably had been inhabited as far back as 8000 BC. A famous sight is Eierland lighthouse near De Cocksdorp, which is active since 1864.

The dune landscape of Texel is a unique habitat for wildlife, where Texel is known for with about one third of the island being a protected nature reserve. A wellknown nature museum is Ecomare, which also houses several seals and birds.

Several notable battles included Texel in the 17th and 18th century, but also during World War I and II.

Also during the 17th and 18th century, ships of the Dutch East India Company, the ships from Amsterdam, Enkhuizen and Hoorn began their journey east at Texel.

Karin Tuk, Dagmar Bloeming, Chantal Versluis, Femke van Dusschoten,
Anne Blaauwgeers and Areke Spel introduce the clinic

Jessie van Aalst, Saskia Kosterink, Nikki Harte, Lindsey Meadows,
Marisèla de Wind and Virginie Anneveld begin a new clinic

The players attended a press-meeting on Tuesday-afternoon

Leontine Smith of Smith Communicatie addresses the attendees
Smith Communicatie is handling public relations and communications for the Dutch Team

The players listen to Hennie Huisman, the Alderman of Sports of the Municipality of Texas

Fred Remmers also spoke to those in attendance

As did Head Coach Craig Montvidas

The team poses for promotional photos inside...

...and outside

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Last Update: November 25, 2013
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